Her First Love
I recently finished Ernest Hemingway’s book “A Moveable Feast” and I couldn’t help but notice how so many things in the way he described Paris were so similar to Tokyo. Maybe it has to do with that I am from a medium size city in The U.S. and living in Tokyo is my first time to actually live in a world class city. Like Paris as described in Hemingway’s book, Tokyo has cafes everywhere, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Many Japanese have great fondness for Paris and it’s cafe culture, so I am guessing that’s where it’s from. If I did my research this started back around the Meiji Period when Emperor Meiji was obsessed with western culture and was westernizing Japan.
More importantly, in my time living here I have met painters, authors, photographers, film makers, animators etc. Everyone working on their own thing and from what I’ve seen doing it very well. I am sure all major cities have an element of this, but in the here and now I feel like Tokyo is the current title holder of being “a moveable feast.” If you’ve ever lived here, it will have forever changed you and your perception of things for the rest of your life. Only time will tell if this period in Tokyo will be remembered for anything in the art world. Maybe some will break out and have great success fame etc. Maybe it will be nobody I’ve ever met. What ever happens it’s a pretty amazing place to be right now and if for some reason I would ever leave here, I think these times will be remembered as some of the most inspiring and creative of my life.
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